Tuesday 19 April 2016 by Rhiannon Leaman
Almost exactly a year ago, as the tragic death toll of people trying to cross the Mediterranean soared, thousands of people across the country came together in support of our Restart the Rescue campaign.
Months earlier, the Mare Nostrum European Union search and rescue operation had ended, leaving only a border patrol in Italian waters. By spring, the terrible impact of this decision was starting to become clear.
Every day, thousands of migrants were risking death in flimsy boats in the hope of reaching the safety of European shores. But without adequate search and rescue to come to their aid, many were not making it.
The campaign urgently called on politicians to demand the EU reinstated rescue operations to avoid further deaths.
The government listened, deploying its own search and rescue vessel, HMS Bulwark to patrol the Mediterranean. Within three months, it had saved over 4,000 lives.Read full post